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What were they thinking???!!!!
Whenever I see good actors in a movie this bad, my first thought is that somehow they were blackmailed into appearing in the movie. Surely, Bruce Willis, Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchette read the script beforehand. To see Cate Blanchette in something this bad is unsettling. It certainly speaks to her range when one sees her in "Elizabeth," and then sees her in "Bandits.' In fact the best moment in "Bandits," is her poignant reaction when her husband re-enters the kitchen to suggest she go to a movie (hopefully, not one as bad as "Bandits.") And there is the issue of making serious felonies look like pranks and the felons into merry pranksters. All in all, a BIG disappointment.
The Interpreter (2005)
Remarkable acting and grim reminders.
The scene where Nicole Kidman's character is seated on the park bench looking trough her dead brother's notebooks (kept since he was a child), was one of the most affecting I have ever seen. Her body language alone showed the measure of her grief. Of her whole family, she was the only one left; the rest were all victims of violence. She certainly conveyed how ordinary folks can be swept up and away by a stream of events far beyond their control. It was a wonderful bit of acting.
The movie also brought home the ease with which terrorism can be brought into our lives. The bus scene was particularly harrowing since it was shot in everyday surroundings and with everyday folks.
Sean Penn's character seemed out of sync to me. His physical appearance was not what it has been and he did not seem to bring his usual intensity to this character.